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CARES II & III Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act signed into law December 27, 2020, High Point University became eligible to receive its distribution amount from the new Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II. Of the $3,731,389 in HEERF II funding received, the university acknowledges at least $1,302,970 of this funding will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students impacted by coronavirus pandemic.

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, High Point University became eligible to receive a further distribution from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  Of the additional $6,860,661in HEERF III funding received, the university acknowledges at least $3,430,330 will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligibility:

Students enrolled at the University from March 13, 2020, until the end of the pandemic disaster declaration are eligible for consideration. For High Point University, there were approximately 4,527 students as of the Spring 2021 semester who met this criterion necessary to be eligible to receive these grant funds.

The all CARES Emergency Grants are a one-time federal grant not intended to provide relief for recurring expenses. Funds are intended to assist students in the cost associated with paying for their education that they are no longer able to secure the necessary financing or are no longer able to pay because of the COVID pandemic, as well as unexpected COVID related expenses they may have incurred throughout the pandemic. CARES Grant funds are not intended to cover expenses previously reimbursed by federal or state COVID emergency funds, regular recurring expenses (such as credit card, auto loan, rent or mortgage payments), or non-essential personal expenses or expenses incurred as a result of overspending or lack of planning.

CRRSAA and ARP require institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need.  High Point University is utilizing student’s current year estimated family contribution (EFC) obtained by their FAFSA to best determine the different levels of need our students have.  Those students with identified need have received an equal amount automatically distributed to them based on the different need amounts and level of educational study, with the highest amounts and earliest distributions being award to those with the highest need.

Applying:

All eligible students will have the opportunity to apply for grant assistance including those who have already received automatic distributions. Students may submit an online application and supporting documentation here.

Applications will be reviewed by the Emergency Fund Committee made up of staff members from the Offices of Student Financial Services, Student Life, Experiential Learning & Career Development, and Business & Financial Affairs. Applicants may be required to complete a questionnaire, be interviewed by a member of the committee, and/or provide additional substantiation for your request by way of receipts for expenses incurred. Many factors are taken into consideration in deciding to approve or deny a request and in determining amounts. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The number of applications received compared to the funds available at the time
  • The nature and urgency of the student’s request
  • The specific and immediate impact the crisis may have on the student’s living and academic circumstances
  • Other resources or support that the student may have available to them
  • Other federal or state grant aid students may have already received throughout the pandemic

Any remaining funds from the original CARES Act have been distributed using the new criteria and distribution and application process.

As of September 30, 2021, the University has awarded all of its $1,302,970 in HEERF II funding to 2,700 students and $1,592,020.10 in HEERF III funding to 590 students who all met the criteria to receive awards.

CARES Act HEERF – Institutional Portion Reporting

Institutions receiving funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) are required to publish the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report. This report provides public information of how High Point University has used the institutional portion of these funds to cover cost associated with the corona virus.

October 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

May 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

October 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), High Point University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to be eligible to receive its distribution amount from the established Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Of the $2,605,940 in HEERF funding received, the university acknowledges at least 50 percent of this funding will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Eligibility:

Degree-seeking students with a valid FAFSA on file with the university who were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester are eligible for consideration. For High Point University, there were approximately 3,075 students who met this criterion necessary to be eligible to receive these grant funds.

The CARES Emergency Grant is a one-time federal grant not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. Funds are not to be awarded for lost income resulting from under-employment or unemployment or as a result of not receiving other stimulus funding awarded under the CARES act or other coronavirus relief. CARES Grant funds are not intended to cover tuition and associated fees, non-essential personal expenses or expenses incurred as a result of overspending or lack of planning.

Applying:

The university elected to use an application process to evaluate student’s eligibility and qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  With the new CARES II funding and updated guidance all further applications for funding must be done under the new CARES II guidance provided above.

Applications will be reviewed by the Emergency Fund Committee made up of staff members from the Offices of Student Financial Services, Student Life, Experiential Learning & Career Development, and Business & Financial Affairs. Applicants may be required to complete a questionnaire, be interviewed by a member of the committee, and/or provide additional substantiation for your request by way of receipts for expenses incurred. Many factors are taken into consideration in deciding to approve or deny a request and in determining amounts. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The number of applications received compared to the funds available at the time
  • The nature and urgency of the student’s emergency
  • The specific and immediate impact the crisis may have on the student’s living and academic circumstances
  • Other resources or support that the student may have available to them
  • If approved, students will receive financial assistance as a cash grant. The university will issue a check directly to the student, which will be mailed to the address on file through the university’s Accounts Payable office. Checks will be issued weekly until all available federal funds have been expended.

The university’s initial amount awarded to students was $51,045. As of March 31, 2021, the university has awarded all of its $1,302,970 of the original CARES funding to 1,433 students.